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Our sustainable school

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is ensuring that the needs of the present are developed in a way that does not compromise the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.

This project offers the children of Appledore School the opportunity to take the lead in a wide range of activities, helping the school to become more sustainable.

What is a sustainable school?

A sustainable school uses an integrated approach, improving sustainability in the way the school building is run and the resources it uses. It also educates its pupils on the meaning, and importance, of sustainability. It focuses on reducing the consumption of resources like energy and water and the waste produced. It looks at the origins of the food served in the school, the traffic it creates and the management of its buildings. A sustainable school also carefully considers the difficulties faced by people living its own community, and also in other communities, world-wide.

Sustainability and gardening

With many new gardening opportunities springing up within the school grounds in the coming academic year, including the use of our new poltunnel and planting our new WW2 and medicinal gardens, we can apply permaculture principles to ensure that we incorporate sustainability within the design of these gardening spaces, and in the ways in which we grow our plants, do our watering, make our own compost and even use and share our produce.

Click on the link below to find out more about the Permaculture principles that will guide us.

Interested in sustainability ?

We would like to work with you to help to make our school more sustainable. If this is something you are interested in getting involved in, please contact the Apple Tree Initiative team. You don't need to be an expert to get involved. We will all be on this learning journey together, and will discover some useful tips that we can also use in our own homes and gardens.